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Re: The Ostrich Effect

I don’t at all get this attitude among

many on the right that our sworn duty is to back anything President Bush and

the GOP choose to do. We are conservatives before we are Republicans, are we

not? Facts are better than dreams, and the fact is, the president is acting

like the second coming of Lyndon B. Johnson with his spending proposals on

Katrina thing, and it is past time for the grassroots to have hit the wall

on the spendthrift Republican president and the spendthrift Republican

Congress. What is the point of electing Republicans if they’re going to

spend worse than Democrats? Moreover, I’m absolutely with Michelle Malkin on this outrageous Bush

cronyism regarding the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief over at

the Department of Homeland Security. I find it impossible to believe that

this administration or their GOP Congressional enablers care about enforcing

the immigration laws of this country. And I find it impossible to believe

that this doesn’t matter. A lot.

At some point, we conservatives have got to ask ourselves if we stand for

principles, or merely maintaining power. We have got to ask ourselves just

which conservative goals are being served by the Republican governing status

quo. We have got to ask ourselves if our conservatism stands for much more

than The Democrats Must Lose. I was having a beer with a fellow religious

and social conservative that first Friday after Katrina, and we were both

just livid about the administration’s response. We both agreed that we’d

vote in a heartbeat in 2008 for a social liberal like Rudy Giuliani, who

inspires confidence in his competence and judgment, over the present crowd

that we both helped vote into power. I hope next year brings forth a raft of

primary challengers to GOP Congressional incumbents. If we go on like this

for much longer, it will be a long time before the American people trust the

government to our side again. The Democrats aren’t going to remain more

hapless than the Republicans forever, and the denial in which too many

Republicans wish to live in right now does the cause of conservatism no

good.

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